INNflight From Switzerland, joined Apr 2004, 3767 posts, RR: 60 Posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 4543 times:
After reading several topics about places where photography is not allowed, no good etc... I would like to talk about once in a lifetime photo opportunities here.
Have you ever been lucky, clever ( whatever... ) enough to be in a situation where you were able to take a once in a lifetime photo? A possibility you will never have again?
Something really unique, and I am not talking about the first 747 over Maho beach or something... I guess you know what my point is?
I was just curious, hope to hear some nice stories here!
Photopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2767 posts, RR: 18
Reply 2, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4425 times:
Unfortunately yes. Why unfortunate. Well I was photographing a parachute jump school and had just put a brand new roll of 36 in, and was using a 300mm on a motor drive Nikon (F2).
I have a complete sequence (18 frames) from the hop-n-pop at 2500 feet directly overhead, through a chute malfunction, through a cutaway of the main, through the reserve also not functioning.... and on to IMPACT about 75 meteres away. Definately not a pretty sight, but it's all on film.
I sincerely hope that this once-in-a-life opportunity happens only once in my life.
Mirage From Portugal, joined May 1999, 3125 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4339 times:
It's hard to tell Florian, I've seen some situations that might be once in a lifetime but I don't know the future, maybe I''ll see them again, or maybe they're not real "once in a lifetime" opportunities.
Cv747 From Iceland, joined Jan 2000, 170 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 4005 times:
I have a nice slide of a Transvalair CL44 with two registrations landing in Basel! A Swiss one and a British one at the same time.
The story was that the plane came from Transmeridian and was painted in the new colours at Gattwick. The new HB registration was painted into the cheatline. The old British registration was painted in black below the cheatline.
Since the plane was still on British register the Swiss reg was covered for the flight to Basel. But in flight it fell off. Something you don't see every day.
Ckw From UK - England, joined Aug 2010, 745 posts, RR: 16
Reply 18, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 3982 times:
I guess the thing is to treat every photo-op as a "once in a lifetime" - as someone who shoots a lot of classics and warbirds, its quite scary how many were destroyed shortly after my photographing them (could make a guy superstitious). Even stuff that was once quite common can become rare real fast - anyone seen any BAC 1-11s lately? Smokey Russian airliners? Don't you wish you'd shot more when you had the chance?!
One day (though perhaps not in my lifetime), the sight of an A319 at LHR will be a major event
Vzlet From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 838 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3969 times:
Shots of crashes have unfortunately not been a merely once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. I've been on hand to photograph or video the loss of eight aircraft and far too many lives in four different incidents, all at airshows.
As far as rare pictures, this one-of-a-kind Gulfstream Peregrine prototype is hardly spectacular, but there are very few shots of it available:
GKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 20, posted (10 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 3962 times:
Jeez that other thread turned into a right self plugging thread
Have a picture of a Sunways MD-83 at BHX somewhere but dont have a scanner to scan it, not very good anyway, taken through glass.
Think I also have a pic of an RAF Hercules at CAX and All Leisure A320 at NCL as well as an Oasis International A310 at NCL
Would those be classified as rare?
When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
Mid air collision between a british Hawk and a portuguese F-16, the Hawk crashed, the pilot made a good bail out with no injuries, the F-16 made an emergency landing with a broken tail stabiliser. At NATO Tiger Meet 96 in Beja, Portugal.